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Biophilic lighting and design: a necessity rather than a trend

Nature makes us feel good and, when we can’t go out, we can surround ourselves with objects that remind us of it.

Connecting with nature improves the quality of life. This is the principle behind biophilic design, the ability to design objects that establish a connection with nature even in closed environments and that transmit a sense of well-being to those who live in them.


The etymology of the word Biophilia is ‘love of life’.

It is a way to improve the living experience and more generally our lives, in a world where urban areas continue to expand and steal space from nature.

To implement this concept we need to incorporate elements such as water, vegetation and sunlight into the home environment, bringing what is outside inside.

But what happens if these natural elements are not at hand, as is often the case in a big city? When this happens, another typical feature of biophilic design is the use of colour and form.

Green hues, wavy lines and organic shapes of objects help to recall natural forms and reduce stress, contribute to being more creative and improve well-being.

The principles of biophilic design can be applied to objects and therefore also to lamps. Light plays a key role in the comfort of indoor environments, especially if, as in the case of residential environments, these become multifunctional spaces, lived many hours a day between leisure time, domestic activities and smart working.

Many Icone lamps are inspired by nature, a way of giving their shape a sensorial role as well as a decorative and furnishing one, in harmony with the atmosphere created by the light.

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